Golden Boy Promotions Founder and President Oscar De La Hoya has officially kicked off his namesake Foundation’s 2014 season of giving with two events focused on giving back to the community.
On Friday, Nov. 21, the Oscar De La Hoya Foundation in association with the California Municipal Finance Authority donated new, state-of-the-art boxing equipment to the youth that train at the Santa Ana Boxing Club in Santa Ana, Calif. De La Hoya was on-hand to present the donation, interact with the gym’s youth and encouraged them to train hard in school and at the gym.
“This is where you learn discipline,” De La Hoya said to the youth at Santa Ana Boxing Club before presenting the new equipment. “Boxing gives you a sense of empowerment. It makes you feel confident. It makes you be humble. That’s what boxing did for me.”
Saturday, Nov. 22, the Oscar De La Hoya Foundation hosted its 18th Annual Turkey Giveaway at Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School for community members of East Los Angeles, De La Hoya’s hometown. Oscar De La Hoya was joined by fighters Randy “El Matador” Caballero, Hugo “The Boss” Centeno Jr., Gabriel “King” Rosado, Joseph “Jo-Jo” Diaz Jr., Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez and Diego De La Hoya at the event as they helped distribute more than 500 turkeys, fixings and other food products to the community.
The 18th Annual Turkey Giveaway was sponsored by the Oscar De La Hoya Foundation, Tampico, Coca Cola, Jersey Mikes, Bonerts Pies, Davalan Fresh Sales, Mission Foods and Vallarta Markets.
“I love being able to give back, and I believe that it is better to give than to receive,” De La Hoya said. “My success in boxing and business has enabled me to give back to the community from which I came, and to support efforts that truly improve the lives of others. I’m very blessed, and I want to be able to be a blessing to others this holiday season. It is truly an honor to be able to do that.”
De La Hoya will continue giving back this holiday season with the 18th Annual Toy Giveaway on Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School.
2 for 1 Black Friday Ticket Deal
As a special treat for boxing fans, Golden Boy Promotions is offering the deal of the holiday season with a full night of exciting fights on Saturday, Dec. 6 at Barclays Center with reasonably priced tickets starting at $15 dollars.
In addition, Golden Boy Promotions will also offer a special Black Friday deal with two tickets for the price of one. This includes all tickets between $25 and $80. Black Friday tickets will be available at 12 a.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 28 with the deal open until 12 a.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 29.
Golden Boy Promotions has also offered a special ticket discount for fans of rising-star and Brooklyn native Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa. By using the promo code “OCHOA” when purchasing at ticketmaster.com, fans will receive a $25 discounted ticket to sit in Ochoa’s cheering section and receive a visit from Ochoa after his fight.
The December 6 card is headlined by David Lemieux (32-2, 30 KOs) of Montreal taking on the Philadelphia-warrior “King” Gabriel Rosado (21-8, 13 KOs) in a 12-round battle.
Plus, unbeaten Californian middleweight Hugo “The Boss” Centeno Jr. (21-0, 11 KOs) is facing the toughest challenge of his career against Texas’ James “The King” De La Rosa (23-2, 13 KOs) in a 10-round fight and Thomas “El Frances” Dulorme (21-1, 14 KOs) is taking on the hard-hitting veteran “Hammerin” Hank Lundy (25-3-1, 12 KOs) in a 10-round fight.
Local New York City prospects, Eddie “E-Boy” Gomez (16-1, 10 KOs) a super welterweight from The Bronx and Brooklyn’s superlight weight Ochoa (8-0, 4 KOs) will each participate in separate bouts with an eye on impressing the hometown crowd and continue their rise to prominence in their home state. Gomez will be in a 10-round fight against Reidsville, North Carolina’s James Winchester (16-10, 6 KOs). Ochoa is in a 6-round fight against an opponent to be determined.